30 Days, 30 Monsters | day one
↳ King Kong
King Kong has been portrayed across the spectrum of characterizations—from savage monster to tragic, misunderstood hero. I tend to find sympathy for him regardless of the writer’s intent. Unless you lend credence to the little-seen sequel Son of Kong or, you know, Queen Kong, poor Kong is pretty much on his own. Sure, he’s got dinosaurs to deal with and, when Toho got their hands on him, giant cephalodpods, but it must be pretty lonely as the sole megafauna mammal on Skull Island. And, honestly, why is he? HOW is he? Godzilla at least has the semi-feasible fallback on the atomic radiation origin—Kong is a fascinating anomaly that audiences have been emphatically willing to eat up since 1933.
Kong has also always been a pretty loud metaphor for how shit awful white folks are—textually and meta-textually. I mean, have you seen the portrayal of the Skull Island natives? That is some meta-textual bullshit rivaling even the textual third act treatment of King Kong. Invariably the intrepid heroes put the poor beast in chains in exchange for riches and stardom—leading one to wonder who could ever really label Kong the antagonist of his story.
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